The “Origins” lithograph series is based on the frames of a one second VHS video. Its creation process hints at how each frame was originally just a set of electronic signals on a circuit board. For each print, a video frame is first half-toned. Separately, the letterpress-printed shape of an actual VHS circuit board is scanned and a mask is created out of it. Finally, this mask is applied to each half-toned image to create the print. These prints match exactly the size of the main circuit board from an outdated VHS player (9×12″).

The following animated GIF shows the succession of prints in the series. Below them, you can see larger versions of some of the prints from this series.

“Origins” prints as an animated GIF

Project supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council.